Pope Meets Prime Minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Pope Francis met this morning with Vjekoslav Bevanda, prime minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A Vatican statement said “colloquial discussions” took place and “an exchange of opinions on the current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

The Holy Father and the prime minister spoke about the country’s “main current objectives”, efforts made to “promote an increasingly open society respecting the rights of all citizens,” and challenges that need to be faced “as a result of the current economic crisis.”

“Satisfaction was expressed regarding the good existing bilateral relations, of which the Basic Agreement of 2006 is an important expression, promoting collaboration between Church and State for the common good and the development of the country,” the statement continued.

“During the conversation, mention was also made of various issues linked to the application of the aforementioned Agreement, as well as the contribution of Catholics in society.”

The prime minister subsequently went on to meet with Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

Bosnia-Herzegovina established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in August 1992.

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